Program Director, Saahas
In one of his lesser known essays titled City and Village, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore has talked about how the city has evolved from the village and the need for a harmonious rather than exploitative relationship between the two. In many of his articles in Harijan and earlier in Navjivan, Mahatma Gandhi has also written extensively on his idea of an ideal village and how “independence must begin at the bottom with every village being a Republic or Panchayat with full powers”. (Click the link below, to read on)
Growing up in the 80s in India, I found myself surrounded with messaging about “Small family, Happy family”, “Hum do, Hamare do”….and yet around me there existed families having the Government defying third child, with the child made to feel as if it was brought forth more as an afterthought. The story of the third bin, the Red Bin, is similar to that of the third child. One whose very existence is questioned at first, and who eventually becomes an integral, essential and dear member of the family, treated with love equal to the older siblings by the parents.